Aviation Engineering News

The aviation industry is built on a backbone of large-scale engineering, from 400-seater VLAs like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777x to the complex mechanical operations behind large international airports.

Airlines are facing new challenges surrounding long-haul flights, reduced flight times, safety pressures and environmental impact. Engineering solutions including super-sonic aircraft, wing design and aerodynamics are beginning to shape the future of the industry and define the engineering that it is producing.

Due to the multinational nature of air travel, the aviation industry is often subject to a broad range of international standards and legislations which, in turn, can affect the engineering behind the aircraft. In recent years, the industry has seen ever-increasing pressures to improve its environmental credentials and safety record. All of this whilst trying to reduce costs in line with low-fare airlines and an increasing demand from travellers for cheap flights to a wider range of destinations than ever before.

This page is the only place you need to go to find all the latest aviation engineering news including the latest airliners from the likes of Boeing and Airbus to new jet engines from Rolls Royce and updated systems being deployed in domestic and international airports. We’ll keep you up to date with the introduction of new airliners, the retirement of older models and who’s picking up key contracts to produce replacement global fleets across the commercial aviation industry.  

Breeze Airways’ first A220 breaks cover as airline increases order

The airline disclosed an order boost while unveiling a striking scheme for the type

UK MOD signs upgrade deal for C-17 and CH-47 fleet

The UK Ministry of Defence will invest almost £400m (US$552m) to improve the capabilities of its C-17 Globemaster aircraft and CH-47 Chinook helicopters

Kazakhstan orders two Airbus A400Ms

The Republic of Kazakhstan has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft plus associated maintenance and support, with the first platform scheduled to be delivered in 2024

South African Airways announces its return to the skies

It will be the first time the carrier has flown regular passenger services since September 2020

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Red Hawk progresses but challenges remain

The T-X programme, intended to replace the ageing fleet of T-38C Talon jet trainers in service with the US Air Force (USAF), was one of the most hotly contested US military procurement competitions in recent years, with a who’s who of aerospace defence companies all actively engaged

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Airliner storage sitrep

In part four of our Global Airline Report, we examine the situation relating to airliner storage

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Japanese KC-46A completes first refuelling sortie

The initial Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully refuelled another aircraft in-flight for the first time during a test sortie over Washington state on July 20

The world’s largest indoor aerospace testing facility

Rolls-Royce has officially opened Testbed 80. Mark Broadbent looks at what it offers and why in this case bigger really is better

British P-8A Poseidon MRA1 drops first torpedo

A recoverable exercise variant Mark 54 Lightweight Torpedo was dropped for the first time from a No 120 Squadron Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft over the Moray Firth, near RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland - the home of the RAF's P-8A fleet - in late July

USAF approves second KC-46A ICR milestone

The USAF’s Air Mobility Command approved another Interim Capability Release mission set for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker on August 5, marking the second such milestone to occur in less than a month

Aviation Engineering Companies

The aviation industry is made up of engineering giants including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Gulfstream and Honda. Between them, they produce a wide variety of aircraft from single propeller craft and private jets through to the European short haul favourite, the Airbus A320 and long-haul behemoths like the Boeing 747.

This page will keep you up to date with the latest engineering news from these companies including ongoing projects, testing phases and maiden flights for new models. Be the first to find out which airlines are updating their fleets with the latest models and which manufacturer has secured the production contract.

To find out more on commercial aviation news take a look at some of our other related pages including Airport NewsAirport Technology and Commercial Aviation News.

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